Sunday night we gathered around the fire eating s’mores and watching the sky as stars began to appear. Eby was sitting between Isaiah and Samuel. Isaiah put his arm around Eby and said, “I love you, Eby.” Eby leaned into his brother and replied, “Isaiah, you’re the one I can tell my hard things to, and Samuel is my comforter.”
Samuel and Isaiah wrapped their arms around Eby. He knows he is safe with them; they are watching over him, helping him to heal, grow, and learn.
I don’t think we fully realized how important and precious these sibling bonds would be. The older brothers and sisters are an important source of security and support for our younger children. They’re also healthy attachment role models.
We are thankful for our big kids who add so much richness to our lives.